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Improving Naloxone Access in Philadelphia (INAP)

Penn Nursing PhD students Nicholas Giordano and Sydney Axson have committed to provide professional-led naloxone administration training among at-risk Philadelphia communities to decrease opioid overdoses and casualties.

The pair will work with registered nurses to train individuals at universities, addiction centers, homeless shelters, and other at-risk areas on ways to source naloxone, identify opioid overdoses, and properly administer medication. Nick and Sydney hope that community trainings will lead to 30 percent more Philadelphians carrying naloxone while decreasing overdose deaths within two years.

This past weekend, they also attended the 10th annual Clinton Global Initiative University. Nick and Sydney contributed broadly to discussions around public health, and their research interests and commitment to address the current opioid crisis were highlighted onstage.

“This was an excellent weekend! Lots of innovators and leaders sharing experiences and discussing what is being done and what still needs to be done to address some of the most pressing global issues,” says Sydney. “It’s a great space to get energized and inspired.”